Dan Lewis is the Leadership Foundation’s fearless leader, joining the team as executive director in July 2015. As a former chair of the Leadership Foundation’s board of directors and an alumnus of several Leadership Foundation programs, Dan is passionate about the work of this organization and is committed to inspiring a diverse community of leadership to improve Colorado.
Prior to joining the Leadership Foundation team, Dan was responsible for corporate reputation, communications, corporate responsibility and employee engagement for the nearly 15,000 members of the Molson Coors team worldwide as the chief public affairs officer.
Fluent in German, Dan holds a Master of Communication degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Florida State University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Mile High United Way and the Downtown Denver Partnership.
Our Staff — Operations
Kirsten oversees the Leadership Exchange, Colorado Experience and Access Denver programs as well as the Foundation’s Civic DNA initiative.
Prior to joining the Leadership Foundation, Kirsten served as the director of education and member programs for Housing Colorado, an education and advocacy organization advancing safe, decent and affordable housing for all Coloradans. She began her nonprofit career at the Colorado Chautauqua Association in Boulder, Colorado managing membership services and donor development initiatives for the historic cultural institution.
She currently serves on the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO), B:Civic and Dance2BFree boards of directors and as chair of the Colorado Civic Health Network. Kirsten is a graduate of Ohio University (B.A. in English and Theater) and Northpark University (Master of Nonprofit Administration). If you know her, you know that she also leads a double life as a propagator of transcendental musical inclusion. That’s all we’ll say about that…
Elizabeth is a proud “built in Broncos fan” with orange hair and blue eyes. If you haven’t seen her on the Jumbotron at a game then you haven’t been paying attention. As a Denver native, her love for all things CO runs deeps; cycling, camping, golf, she’s new to fly fishing and she enjoys all those other CO activities natives like…when it’s not football season of course. Her passion for our community is as strong as her love for the Broncos as she’s demonstrated through her board experience and volunteering.
Elizabeth is thrilled to join the amazing Leadership Foundation team in the same year she’s getting married and building a house, what a year it will be!
VJ is a program manager for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and primarily works on Impact Denver and the Colorado Leadership Alliance. In addition, VJ works closely with the Leadership Foundation’s Inclusivity and Diversity Committee. A proud Daniels Fund scholar alum, he received a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Throughout both his collegiate and professional career, VJ has engaged with leadership programing at different levels, most recently as a fellow with El Pomar Foundation. He’s an avid foodie, hiker and all about the local sports teams. As a native, he believes wholeheartedly in cultivating a healthy civic community in order to make Denver the best place to live.
Programs and Events Specialist
Megan is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver where she found her interest in leadership (and her husband) through the Urban Leadership Program. She enjoys daily walks to Starbucks for a white chocolate mocha to collect stars on the Starbucks app. Yay free drinks! One thing on her bucket list is to swim with her spirit animal, the great white shark, in South Africa. She loves all things tropical and loves traveling to coastal cities.
Megan lives in Arvada with her husband, new golden retriever puppy Oakley, Ruby the cat, and Spike the hedgehog.
Program and Events Coordinator